Jailed for robbery

A MAN jailed for aggravated robbery was yesterday told by High Court judge Justice Vincent Perera that the offence he committed was the most serious offence against property under Part 16 of the Crimes Act.

Joel Bower was earlier convicted by the High Court in Suva of one count of aggravated robbery.

Bower, in the company of another, robbed a 19-year-old student of Nasinu of a mobile phone valued at $199 on November 1, last year.

“You are before this court at a time where offences against property (under Part 16 of the Crimes Act) are rife and had disturbed the tranquility of our society to a considerable extent,” Justice Perera said.

He noted that the nature of force used on the victim by Bower was one of the aggravating factors.

Bower was sentenced to five years and four months, but after considering the time he had spent in custody, Justice Perera ordered that he serve a custodial term of five years.

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